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Thursday 31st March 2011
SCHOOLS RUGBY FINALS

 
Daly hopes to bring Grand Slam form for Daily Mail RBS Final
Thursday March 31, 2011
Issued by Nicol McClelland - RFU.COM
(C) Capture the Event. England U20s and Whitgift centre Elliot Daly in Daily Mail RBS Schools action
(C) Capture the Event. England U20s and Whitgift centre Elliot Daly in Daily Mail RBS Schools action

ELLIOT DALY is hoping to bring his Grand Slam winning form to bear on Whitgift’s back to back RBS Daily Mail Schools title bid.

Holders Whitgift will run out on to the Twickenham pitch for the second successive year– they beat Royal Grammar School Newcastle 34-10 last year - when they face Oakham School in the Under-18 Cup on April 6.

The eighteen year-old, who just two weeks ago celebrated a clean sweep with England Under-20s, said:

“It would be amazing to add a schools cup win to the Grand Slam victory. Playing for my country is a massive honour. I can’t wait to get out onto the pitch at Twickenham with my school friends and play the kind of rugby that got us here in the first place.”

“We won here last year which was an amazing experience, but to do it two years running would be beyond my wildest dreams. To play at this iconic stadium is a fantastic opportunity – and one that I hope to relive before I stop playing!”

Standing in Whitgift’s way are Oakham, who will be searching for their third title in the competition thanks to England U18 star Charlie Walker who snatched a last minute score against Old Swinford to send his team through.

Coached by former Leicester Tigers legends Ian Smith and Glenn Gelderbloom, Oakham held the title in 2002 and 2003 yet will go into the final as underdogs against Whitgift, whose wins over Plymouth College and Wilmslow secured their path to Twickenham.

In the U18 Daily Mail RSB Vase, St George’s College, Weybridge, will take to the main stage for the first time following the narrowest of victories over Ravens Wood School in the semi finals at Broadstreet.

Despite leading for almost the entire match, Ravens Wood lost 15-13 after St George’s fullback Ben Crowe sealed victory for the West Midlanders.

St George’s opponent Solihull School had a smoother run in their path to the final, seeing off Woodhouse Grove 20-0 in an error-strewn affair.

Whitgift’s hopes of achieving the U18 and U15 double were dashed following captain Ned Warne’s cooly taken penalty five minutes from time securing Truro School’s place in the U15 Cup final.

The Cornishmen are only one game away from claiming the coveted trophy for the first time in their history, but standing in their way are three-time champions RGSHigh Wycombe.

Making the trip to rugby headquarters next week for the U15 Vase are Saffron Walden County High school, whose clinical 13-7 victory over Leicester Grammar will see them battle Harrogate Grammar School for the title.

U15 Vase Final
Saffron Walden County High School v Harrogate Grammar School, 1100

U15 Cup Final
Truro School v RGS High Wycombe, 1230

U18 Vase Final
St Georges College vs. Solihull School, 1400

U18 Cup Final
Oakham School vs. Whitgift School,1530   
                    

To purchase tickets, please call the Ticket Office on 020 8831 6666. Adult £7/Junior £4/Family (2 adults, 3 children) £17    


Posted by: , on March 31st 2011 on 01:01pm0 Comments
Friday 11th March 2011
BIG WIN FOR ENGLAND U20

 
England U20 56-8 Scotland U20
by Stefan Curtis RFU.com
Elliot Daly catches for the first try
Elliot Daly catches for the first try

England U20 secured another superb victory in this season’s 6 Nations campaign, running in eight tries in a 56-8 win against a spirited Scotland side, who themselves touched down once.

London Wasps centre Elliot Daly helped himself to a hat-trick while captain and Newcastle Falcons No. 8 Alex Gray scored twice. Wasps wing Christian Wade, Harlequins hooker Rob Buchanan and Bristol Rugby prop Mako Vunipola all touched down once. Leicester Tiger fly half George Ford converted all eight tries, ending the match with 16-points to his name.

Rob Hunter’s men now head into next Friday’s match against Ireland in Athlone with a win securing them a clean sweep for the first time since 2008.

Early pressure from England put Scotland on the back foot and with three minutes gone an expertly executed cross field kick from Ford was caught by Daly as he dived over the try line.

Minutes later though and Scotland got on the scoreboard themselves; scoring a long distance penalty. The three-points galvanised the Scots but they failed to convert their possession into points and were punished by England. Worcester Warrior wing Andy Short broke free from midfield and floated a lovely ball over to Wade who turned on the gas and touched down.

England extended their lead shortly after when Ford and Daly once again combined to devastating effect. A chip through from Ford was touched down by the Wasps man, his sixth try in three 6 Nations games.

England’s scrum looked strong throughout, and soon after the third match official had deemed Rob Buchanan to have been held up over the try line, the pack pushed Scotland back and Gray picked up and touched down.

At 28-3 down Scotland began to fight back, heading over the whitewash for themselves soon after Gray’s try. Prop Robin Hislop barged his way through to touch down, the conversion was missed to keep the score 28-8 with 25 on the clock.

Buchanan then made up for his disallowed score by going over just before the break, showing great strength to push over the line and make the score 35-3 at half time.

There was an unfortunate stoppage five minutes into the half when England flanker Kieran Low went down with a suspected broken ankle, he was replaced by London Wasps’ Sam Jones, making his first appearance of the campaign.

England were reduced to 14 with 53 on the clock when Matt Kvesic was penalised for not releasing, but Scotland were unable to capitalise as England kept possession and turned the pressure into points when prop Mako Vunipola went over for his first try of this season’s 6 Nations.

England’s scrum again asserted its authority with ten minutes left, a strong push towards the Scottish try line opened things up for Gray to touch down for his second try of the game and his fourth of the tournament.

With five minutes left to play, Daly completed his hat-trick. Harlequins lock Charlie Matthews stormed forward, before offloading to Saracens’ centre Owen Farrell who passed the ball along the line before Daly went over in the corner to round off the scoring.

England U20:

15 Ben Ransom (Saracens)

14 Andy Short (Worcester Warriors)

13 Elliot Daly (London Wasps)

12 Owen Farrell (Saracens)

11 Christian Wade (London Wasps)

10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers)

9 Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)

1 Mako Vunipola (Bristol Rugby)

2 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)

3 Will Collier (Harlequins)

4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)

5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)

6 Kieran Low (Harlequins)

7 Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)

8 Alex Gray (C) (Newcastle Falcons)

Replacements:

16 Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby) on for Rob Buchanan 55 mins

17 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) on for Will Collier 50 mins

18 Sam Jones (London Wasps) on for Keiran Low 48 mins

19 Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers) on for Matt Kvesic 74 mins

20 Chris Cook (Bath Rugby) on for Dan Robson 60 mins

21 Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints) on for Ben Ransom 70 mins

22 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish) on for Andy Short 50 mins

 

Posted by: , on March 11th 2011 on 11:54pm0 Comments
Wednesday 02nd March 2011
Old Deer Park fund-raiser for Queensland and Christchurch

 George Smith and Jerry Collins to lead rugby stars in Southern Hemisphere Charity Day at London Welsh

 

George Smith and Jerry Collins will be among the rugby stars on show at Old Deer Park, the home of London Welsh RFC, on Sunday (March 6) for a Southern Hemisphere Charity Day to raise funds for the Queensland flood appeal and the victims of the Christchurch earthquakes.

 

The highlight of the day will be a match between an Australian XV and a Pacific Barbarians team, which will get underway at 3pm.

 

The Australian XV will be led by former Wallaby George Smith and will be coached by Ospreys coach Scott Johnson and former Australia fly half and World Cup winner Michael Lynagh, who was born in Brisbane, Queensland.

 

The Pacific Barbarians will be captained by former All Black Jerry Collins and feature among others Filo Tiatia, Henry Paul, Mosese RaluniViliame Satala and Sililo Martens. In addition, the likes of Doug Howlett will also be present on the day, but unable to take part due to club commitments.

 

Heavily involved in the organising of the charity day has been London Welsh and Tonga back row forward Epi Taione.

 

Australia and New Zealand are two countries we as Pacific Islanders look upon as mother countries,” he said.

 

“They’ve always helped us over the years and doing something like this is a way showing our support to all the families and letting them know that we are thinking of them.”

 

The idea was originally to hold a charity day to raise funds following the floods in Queensland, as the Pacific Island community has strong ties to the area.

 

Brisbane is and was home to the likes of Toutai and Mafileo Kafu and former captain and Tonga legend Sione Mafi. Saracens scrum halfMosese Raluni played for Brisbane and his brother Jacob grew up there and played for Queensland.

 

Queensland is home to one of the biggest Pacific Island communities and a lot of them were affected. A lot of Tongans and Fijians have moved there over the years,” said Taione.

 

Following the earthquakes in Christchurch, however, the charity day was broadened. He added: “Watching the events in New Zealand we felt something had to be done. It’s hit the rugby community very hard.

 

“Everyone has been very supportive, and everyone is willing to give up their time. The timing is quite hard as it’s the most crucial part of the season, but the response has been absolutely fantastic.

 

“It’s also amazing the amount of support we’ve received from the business community and people around the world, from sending donations to sending food and drink for the day.”

 

The charity day will also feature an Aussie Rules match, an Aussie beer tent, including live music, an international touch rugby match, a tag rugby match between Queensland and New South Wales, a touch rugby tournament for kids and a Pacific village, including traditional music and food & drink.

 

All the action gets underway at Old Deer Park from 10:30am on Sunday March 6. Tickets priced at £10. VIP tickets are available at £100 + VAT per person, which will include a buffet menu, table wine and reserved seats.

 

For further information email: info@truesouthgroup.com 

 

 


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